I might be in just the right mood, but the end of this album brought me to tears. These fucking guys man. I'll be 28 at the end of the week and this album might as well be my answer to how I feel about it.
This review does such a great job of showing that even if you don't like pop punk, you should still appreciate this band. It's fucking passion and to be "the greatest generation," we need more of that.
Exceptional review Thomas, jesus that was an awesome read. way to avoid any cheesy argument over the score haha.
I haven't really gone too deep into my thoughts on the album at the risk of sounding a bit too fan boyish-- but all I can really think to say at this moment is that this is the best record so far by one of my very favorite bands. This is a record I can see sticking with me for years and years as one of my favorites; a record I can't stand to keep all to myself. I want these songs playing in my car, with my friends or family, with the windows rolled down and the sun turned up way too high. This will always be the album I listened to for the first time while I looked out across the shining Tampa skyline at 12 AM on the last night of my freshman year of college--and I know that city will hear these songs often as long as I live in it.
I like the record a lot, I don't love it. And I don't really care much for the last song though I seem to be in the extreme minority with that opinion. It just feels like something is missing from the track.
Great review! I finally got to give it a serious listen when my download code arrived yesterday.
I’ve only been listening to TWY for a year now, so I’ve been playing catch up. For the past year, I’ve had The Upsides and Suburbia on in my car, switching between them every so often. I enjoy The Upsides; that album takes me back to being a generally carefree college kid. You can see the both the lyrical and musical progression to Suburbia, another album which I really love. Until now, Suburbia seemed to be the album that defined my life at its current point. Then The Greatest Generation comes along and completely blows my mind. In my case, it’s “Jesus Christ, I’m 31” but the sentiment is still very much the same.
They’ve managed to write a record that describes life as a late twenty-something year old (and beyond) but yet still appeals to the younger kids. The last couple shows I went to (The Stone Pony in March and the church this past Friday) really drove that home- through the sea of teens, you could definitely spot a good number of “adults”, everyone relating to the words in their own way. I can't help but think of how kids will look back on this record, much like people my age regard SWYA or TTTYG, among others
Hearing “Screen Door” live was incredible, and gave me chills in a 90 plus degree room. This morning on the way to work (after noticing that TGG was already in the top 20 on ITunes) it nearly brought me to tears. I can’t even tell you the last time that happened to me. I think it was partially due to a genuine group of people seeing the success they deserve, and partially the realization that none of us are alone.
This is the third time they've amazed me. The opener and closer are the best things they've ever done in my opinion, but that doesnt mean the stuff in between isn't also great. I guarantee ten years from now all the new big pop-punk bands will be citing The Wonder Years as their biggest influence.
My thoughts exactly. Those are my favorites as well.